31 days in Mali & Harare Itinerary

31 days in Mali & Harare Itinerary

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31 days in Mali & Harare Itinerary

Start: Harare, Zimbabwe
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Bamako, Mali
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  9​h
2
Gao, Mali
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h 15​min
3
Mopti, Mali
— 3 nights
Drive:  10​h
4
Kayes, Mali
— 3 nights
Drive:  11​h 15​min
5
Timbuktu, Mali
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  27​h
6
Harare, Zimbabwe
— 10 nights
End: Harare, Zimbabwe

3
nights
Bamako, Mali

Bamako ©
Mali's capital and the fastest-growing city in Africa, Bamako acts as a major port, as well as a cultural and industrial center.
Take a break from the city and head to Parc national du Mali, Bamako and Dandan waterfalls. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee National de Bamako and Cathedral of Bamako. There's lots more to do: try to win big at Casino De L'amitie, pause for some photo ops at Monument de l"Independance, browse the eclectic array of goods at Bamako city centre, market, and meet the residents at Zoo National du Mali.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Bamako holiday planner.

Harare, Zimbabwe to Bamako is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central African Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Harare in December, you will find days in Bamako are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). You'll set off for Gao on the 5th (Thu).

Things to do in Bamako

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Parc national du Mali, Bamako ©
Parc national du Mali, Bamako
Musee National de Bamako ©
Musee National de Bamako
Cathedral of Bamako ©
Cathedral of Bamako

3
nights
Gao, Mali

Gao ©
Gao is a city in Mali and the capital of the Gao Region. Gao is known for historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Tomb of Askia.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Gao trip maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Bamako to Gao in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Bamako, expect much colder days and about the same nights in Gao, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 20°C. On the 9th (Mon), you'll travel to Mopti.

Things to do in Gao

Historic Sites
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Tomb of Askia ©
Tomb of Askia
La Dune Rose ©
La Dune Rose

3
nights
Mopti, Mali

Mopti ©
Originally a small fishing village, Mopti has become Mali's center of fishing and livestock industries.
Get some historical perspective at Bandiagara Cliffs (Dogon Country) and Jenne-Jeno. Get a sense of the local culture at Great Mosque Of Djenne and Grand Mosque of Mopti.

Discover how to plan a Mopti trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Gao to Mopti in 9.5 hours. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Gao in December: highs in Mopti hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 19°C. On the 13th (Fri), you'll travel to Kayes.

Things to do in Mopti

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Djenne
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 13:
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Bandiagara Cliffs (Dogon Country) ©
Bandiagara Cliffs (Dogon Country)
Great Mosque Of Djenne ©
Great Mosque Of Djenne
Jenne-Jeno ©
Jenne-Jeno

3
nights
Kayes, Mali

Kayes ©
Kayes is a city in western Mali on the Sénégal River, with a population of 127,368 at the 2009 census. Kayes is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Fort de Medine and take in the dramatic scenery at Chutes de Felou.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kayes itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Mopti to Kayes takes 18 hours. December in Kayes sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 20°C at night. On the 17th (Tue), you're off toTimbuktu.

Things to do in Kayes

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Fort de Medine
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Fort de Medine ©
Fort de Medine
Chutes de Felou ©
Chutes de Felou

2
nights
Timbuktu, Mali

Timbuktu ©
Timbuktu is known for historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Djinguereber Mosque and don't miss a visit to Mosque of Sankore.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Timbuktu trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kayes to Timbuktu takes 26 hours. On the 20th (Fri), you'll travel to Harare.

Things to do in Timbuktu

Historic Sites
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Djinguereber Mosque ©
Djinguereber Mosque
Mosque of Sankore ©
Mosque of Sankore

10
nights
Harare, Zimbabwe

Harare ©
Regarded as the nation's leading commercial, financial, and communications center, Harare attracts tourists with its modern architecture mixed with British colonial influence and traditional African flair.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Catholic Cathedral and National Heroes Acre. Get some cultural insight at The Shona Sculpture Gallery and Chapungu Sculpture Park. Get out of town with these interesting Harare side-trips: Gosho Park (in Marondera), Mutorashanga Quarry (in Gweru) and Imire: Rhino & Wildlife Conservation (in Wedza). And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at Wild Is Life Trust and ZEN, browse the exhibits of National Gallery of Zimbabwe, stroll through Thetford Game Reserve, and take in the awesome beauty at Ngomakurira Mountain.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Harare day trip planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Timbuktu to Harare. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central African Time (CAT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Harare

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Mashonaland East Province, Mutorashanga Quarry, Mavuradonha Wilderness Area
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Mukuvisi Woodlands ©
Mukuvisi Woodlands
Thetford Game Reserve ©
Thetford Game Reserve
Ngomakurira Mountain ©
Ngomakurira Mountain

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